AAP leader Shazia Ilmi created a controversy by asking Muslims to “become communal” and vote keeping in mind their own interest.
The AAP was swift to condemn Ilmi’s comment, saying the party does not believe in communal politics. A video clip surfaced showing Ilmi talking to some Muslim clerics and asking them to become communal as they have been secular for long and voted for the Congress and help the AAP win elections.
“Don’t be so secular, Muslims votes split as they are too secular and look at your house (community) this time,” Ilmi said in the video clip that went viral on social media. The AAP candidate from Ghaziabad clarified her statement, saying she did not mean to incite hatred and was only telling them to think of themselves and they don’t need to be a slave to any party.